Explore Museums in Rome
Rome has such a fascinating history colored by art, architecture, music, archeology and science that the city itself is akin to an al fresco museum. There are countless museums to choose from in Rome, many of them containing works from such notable time periods as the Renaissance and the Baroque. Make sure the Vatican Museums are high up on your list—they display more than 70,000 pieces, with another 50,000 pieces protected in vaults and storerooms. The most popular stop at the Vatican Museums is undoubtedly the Sistine Chapel, where you can see Michelangelo’s masterpiece, “Last Judgment,” on the ceiling.
The Capitoline Museum consists of two palaces (but you only pay for one ticket!), the Palazzo Nuovo and the Palazzo dei Conservatori. Palazzo Nuovo contains mainly Greek and Roman sculptures, while Palazzo dei Conservatori has paintings by Veronese, Tintoretto and Van Dyck; halls covered with frescos; and much more. If you are interested in some offbeat museums, be sure to check out the Museum of Mathematics, which houses a historical collection of mathematical objects, such as ancient calculus instruments. Another quirky museum is the National Museum of Pasta, where you can learn about the various techniques of making pasta throughout history.